888poker Blast Jackpot Hits Big for Three Poker Players

It is tournament season for online poker players. Spring brings massive series on poker sites around the world, and 888poker is hosting something special: WPTDeepStacks tournaments.

With the World Poker Tour still unable to travel much, the action remains mostly online. And the WPTDeepStacks tour partnered with 888poker to offer some of those WPTDS series across the pond. There is a WPTDS Italy set for 18-26 April, WPTDS Iberia on the same dates, and then the WPTDS London 18-26 April. The last one is not restricted by national laws, which means 888poker will host it on the dot-com network.

Canadians are ready for WPTDeepStacks London, a unique opportunity to play this particular series. They have been honing their poker skills at the 888poker tables and playing satellites for discounted tournament entries.

Some players are working on their poker games by playing some BLAST SNGs, a fast-fold version of standard poker. And last week, three players hit the $1M jackpot.

What is BLAST?

BLAST is a short-handed poker game for people who want to play quick games. It plays like a sit & go with three players…but faster, with a lottery component, and with a chance to win $1M.

Players buy in for whatever amount they choose, whatever works for their bankroll. They start as low as $0.10 and climb to $1, $5, $10, $20, $50, and then $100. When the three players take their virtual seats, a countdown ensues to the blastoff. It is only then that the players discover the actual prize pool.

The randomizer chooses the prize pool, which will be between 2x the buy-in and 10,000x the buy-in. That means the $100 buy-ins can offer a jackpot of $1M.

BLAST games are played with a super-turbo format. And the lottery aspect of the game means that players can’t make decisions about particular hands. Each player is all-in on each hand, and it plays this way until there is only one player left.

Paying Out $1M

Last week, three players bought in for $100 each to play a BLAST SNG. It happens all the time. The difference in this one was that the random prize pool generator hit $1M.

Two of the players were Canadian and one was from the UK. When the action played out, Mikaxe won the tournament for $700K. Ayemaxx08 finished second for $200K. And aatorblood13 grabbed $100K for the third-place finish.

No one walks away from a $1M jackpot BLAST without a piece of it.

888poker spoke to the winners, one of whom said they would pay bills with the winnings and then put some money in savings. One player said that BLAST SNGs are entertainment on the weekends. And another player said that they couldn’t believe it until the next day, finally realizing that the win was real.

The last time BLAST hit big was in October 2019, when 12 players hit jackpots. Their total buy-ins came to $21, and the total payouts were $210K. Prior to that, four players participated in a BLAST SNG that paid $300K among them for $30 buy-ins.

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Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. From her days in the WPT offices to covering summers of WSOP tournament action, she also followed gambling legislation to Washington D.C. and women-only poker to the Bahamas. Meanwhile, she lived in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for many years before moving back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Jen travels less, writing about poker and online gambling from her home with her two dogs watching her every move. In her spare time, she follows politics, works on her never-finished novels, and learns Italian in the hopes of retiring to Italy someday.

If you want to know more, you can follow Jen on Twitter @WriterJen

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